Lady Gaga - Joanne
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2016 Ratings: #693 / 905
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Based on 928 ratings
2016 Ratings: #624
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October 21, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Streamline, Interscope / Label
Pop, Pop Rock / Genres
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Pretty Much Amazing
By abandoning the dance club for the dive bar, she may have tossed aside her status as a pop star once and for all. But Gaga has emerged as something better and truer. Stefani Germanotta is a theatrical rock goddess. And, baby, she was born that way.
Drowned in Sound

She remains in a state of full control throughout the album, and by album’s end it’s clear that Gaga has released one of her most dazzling albums to date.

Gaga Americana is not the Nashville kind, nor the big-beards sort, but a schlocky, thrill-packed theme-park. When Gaga strips herself back, what’s underneath is just a more streamlined strangeness.
The Line of Best Fit

A pop album with a capital P, when Gaga talked about stripping back, she obviously meant doing away with the pretensions- Joanne is, unmistakably, still a slick operation.

A.V. Club

Joanne, Artpop’s proper follow-up, contains no ham-fisted attempts at authenticity. Instead, Gaga tries to find a middle ground between her sophisticated present and glitzy, electropop past.

Consequence of Sound

Gaga isn’t naked on Joanne, but she has stripped off the flank steaks and AutoTune. The result is a work that may not close any circles, but instead start the pattern of a new shape: something weird, but compelling, and largely authentic.

Entertainment Weekly

Joanne is not as brazen and bold as it could have been, but it’s merely a temporary beat in the timeline of an artist who’s earned the right to stray down a path, be it a disco-lit runway or a dusty road ... With Lady Gaga, it’s never a question of “why,” but “why not?”


Where previous Gaga albums were high-wire acts, Joanne is decidedly earth-bound, a record made by an artist determined to execute only the stunts she knows how to pull off.

Rolling Stone

Joanne is Lady Gaga's best album in five years, since the disco-stick hair-metal manifesto that was Born This Way.


She may flit from one musical style to another, rather like Madonna has always done, but she never gives anything less than total commitment. The less is more production suits her, and for a first time we get a real and lasting glimpse of Stefani herself.


‘Joanne’ is certainly not the all-conquering opus it was intended to be and will prove divisive, but it remains a daring and exciting record, delivered from one of modern pop’s most unique and singular voices.


Nobody wants to immediately recognize herself in Gaga’s aesthetic; we want her to suggest a path we hadn’t thought of before, to nurture and clarify a beauty we didn’t even realize was there. Joanne feels too self-conscious, an affront to the Gaga of yesteryear—the truest self, after all, isn’t always the quietest.

Slant Magazine
While she may have eschewed the outlandish costumes for now, Gaga has merely replaced them with a different kind of pretense.
The Guardian

Joanne stumbles a bit, and will be received with bafflement by everyone other than hardcore Little Monsters, but you can’t help admiring her boldness.

It’s different, it’s unfocused, it’s interesting, and—make no bones about it—it’s far from revolutionary. It’s less a reinvention than it is a casual reboot, and even if its pleasures are modest, it’s still a fascinating document from a diva who refuses to remain in one place.

A dearth of memorable melodies makes Joanne's restlessness often feel aimless.


Intentionally overwrought, brash, and totally different to anything she’s ever done before, Lady Gaga’s ‘Joanne’ doesn’t quite nail the artistic frankness she’s aiming for.

Time Out London

At times, she commits to her theme too literally: a track called 'John Wayne' (groan) is about ditching boring city guys for 'blue collar' dudes from Republican states. But 'Joanne' also contains some of Gaga's most tender songwriting.

The Needle Drop
Lady Gaga's rootsier sound and image on Joanne is a welcome change of pace, though she doesn't always commit to the new direction.
The Arts Desk
These are almost all inoffensive and very listenable songs.
NOW Magazine

With producers Mark Ronson and Blood Pop on deck, the songs sound expertly crafted. The melodies are simple and give Gaga plenty of room to show off vocally, but the country bar throwback vibe feels staid and conservative.

fake musician being overrated
IT SUCKS, regardless of how 'old Lady Gaga' used to be.
rainha do rock, country, pop e do mundo!!!!!

Favorites:Diamond Heart, A-YO, John Wayne and Come to Mama.
Great album!!
Creator R-Zita
Joanne is a bold,mature and honest album from Joanne. A personal punch in everyone's face. She is trying to find herself one more time but in a different way. She is trying to win her fans with her solid vocals, personal lyrics and a really good production. Its not the extravagant Gaga everyone waited (maybe because of mixed reviews from The ARTPOP era)
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Track List

  1. Diamond Heart
  2. A-Yo
  3. Joanne
  4. John Wayne
  5. Dancin' in Circles
  6. Perfect Illusion
  7. Million Reasons
  8. Sinner's Prayer
  9. Come to Mama
  10. Hey Girl (feat. Florence Welch)
  11. Angel Down
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Added on: September 15, 2016